James Alty

Managing director

Founder & MD of Apteco, James is a technologist at heart, now responsible for ensuring we meet our clients’ needs with powerful software and great services. Outside Apteco, James is a squash player, private pilot & single speed cyclist.



Ciara Bosworth

Head of CRM, customer services and data
British Heart Foundation

Since joining BHF in 2011, Ciara has led the successful delivery of the organisation-wide CRM project, before extending her remit to include data management, support and reporting in London and four front-line customer service teams based in Birmingham.

Ciara oversaw the development and customisation of BHF’s central database to support multiple teams across all divisions, A qualified data protection practitioner, she has been responsible for delivery of GDPR-compliant consent management structures. She has a track record in the not-for-profit sector, including working for ChildLine, NSPCC and Shelter UK


James Breeze 

Head of marketing operations

James is working at the cutting edge of digital marketing, directing use of the latest technologies with key partners, all with the aim of delivering a truly joined-up omnichannel experience for O2 customers.

After starting his career at chemicals giant PPG Industries, he joined O2 in 2010, managing fulfilment of below-the-line marketing until he moved into his current role in 2014.

Jon Cano-Lopez

Chief executive officer
REaD Group

With an impressive data industry CV spanning more than 25 years – including leading some of the UK’s largest data companies – Claritas, Altwood Systems, Acxiom, Ai Data Intelligence, Communisis and currently and now, as CEO of REaD Group – Jon has built a reputation for driving innovation in data communications, growing revenue and maximising asset value. He joined REaD Group in 2014, as part of the company’s exponential growth. Working with a highly experienced team Jon is responsible for the strategic direction and day to day management of the business.

Jon is inspired by setting goals and ensuring they are achieved. This is evident in his working life but also in his personal world whether it is breaking a world record, running a Marathon or working with a charity on new events.


Jim Conning

Managing director
Royal Mail Data Services

As managing director of the specialist data business of Royal Mail Group, Jim is spearheading Royal Mail’s entry into new markets by harnessing the company’s trusted reputation and data expertise to enable consumers and organisations to interact both physically and digitally in secure and trusted environments.

Over more than 25 years, Jim has built an impressive track record of growing technology and data businesses across both UK and international markets, including EMEA, Asia and North America. Jim is highly regarded for driving shareholder value and helping customers to improve their business efficiencies and profitability.


Andy Cotgreave

Senior director

Andy Cotgreave is a visual analytics expert who has been with Tableau in various roles since 2011 ranging from product consultant to social content manager. He is now Tableau's Technical Evangelism Director.

Prior to Tableau he was a data analyst at the University of Oxford. As a technical evangelist Andy helps people see and understand their data using Tableau’s innovative products. He shares his passion for visual analysis and technology with his writing, (eg Computerworld, on tableau.com and his own blog), speaking at industry conferences like SXSW and Tableau’s own events.



J Cromack

Chief Commercial Officer

J studied Business Studies at the University of Derby and started to put his knowledge and expertise to good use immediately in technology companies, becoming CEO of TripleArc Plc by 2002. In 2008 TripleArc Plc was acquired by Office2Office Plc. J remained with the AccessPlus division delivering business critical services and later as Managed Services Development Director delivering the cross selling opportunities across the sectors of the group. 

In 2010 J moved to The GIG at DST, a leading Customer Engagement Agency in the UK and USA, as CEO. He was responsible for delivering competitive advantage to their clients, and their businesses, via timely, relevant and effective marketing communications; by harnessing knowledge of Big Data, cutting edge analytics and the latest technologies.Since 2015 J has founded BigDataHound, co-founded Revolve24, and become CEO of MyLife Digital subsidiary Wood for Trees Ltd which focuses on analytics in the charity sector. J brings his extensive knowledge and experience as the MyLife Digital Group CCO.


Rob Gray


Rob’s expertise is connecting the worlds of business and creativity. At SQUAD, he helps clients develop strategies and plans for using brand, marketing, innovation, culture and experience to achieve their goals. Aided by his early interest in design, he then works with creatives from all spheres to turn thinking into reality. 

Prior to co-founding Squad, Rob was a lead strategist at TBWA, one of the world’s top advertising agencies. Working with global brands such as Schwans, Henkel and Brother, as well as winning two IPA Awards before the age of 25. In 2007 Rob left TBWA and spent time consulting for brands such as Royal Mail, Sage and Asda, before co-founding Squad with David. 



David Hayes

Chief data officer
Santander UK


David became the UK chief data officer at Banco Santander in 2014. His CDO team focuses on understanding and managing data with the aim of making it exploitable by the organisation. Working in the school of data operations, he has been implementing and controlling data migration activity as Santander integrated Abbey, Bradford & Bingley and Alliance & Leicester.

He first came into Santander as settlements and controls manager and later became head of data quality and structural systems. He was a financial analyst at Abbey for three years and prior to that budget manager at UUNET.


Judith Kleine Holthaus

Senior analytics and insight manager



Peter Jackson


Chief data officer
Southern Water

Matt Jarman

Director of data, insight & visualisation


Matt has pioneered data-driven insight and visualisation best practice for over 18 years. Matt has helped to evolve CACI’s data planning and visualisation proposition, working with brands such as EDF Energy, DFS, Chelsea Football Club and Barclaycard to increase consumer understanding through the delivery of visually-engaging and commercially-relevant insight.

In addition to championing the use of data to support marketing, Matt is a member of the IDM Data Council and part of the IDM’s mentor programme.



Richard Lees


Richard is ultimately responsible for the success of the entire organisation, through creating, planning, integrating and implementing the strategic direction of the business.

Richard can often be found hidden away in his workshop, crafting something creative out of wood collected on a common or beach. So you could call him Geppetto.



Paul Malyon

Data strategy manager

Paul is Experian Data Quality’s Data Strategy Manager. With a wealth of experience in Data Product Management, Data Strategy, Governance and Privacy; Paul is championing the benefits of strong reference data capabilities and business processes for clients.

Paul is also a leading advocate of Open Data and Transparency; helping organisations and society get the best out of the growing deluge of information.



Wade Munsie

Director of advanced analytics and BI development
Royal Mail

Wade is a data professional with a sustained record of delivering data-driven solutions and insight. In his current role, he has built a data science team which manages BI and data visualisation, as well as partnering with internal stakeholders on analytic opportunities. Wade led a multi-million pound transformation to consolidate BI and deliver a new operating model, having previously led a team of over 100 as head of data integrity and insight.

A highly-motivated, effective leader with the experience and adaptability to work across all levels to find creative solutions, Wade is passionate about building strong, capable and motivated teams that not only want to work with the business, they want to be part of the journey. He describes himself as a data evangelist who not only wants to find the value in data, but wants to do it ethically and responsibility.


David O'Neill

Director, EMEA, Global data solutions


Howard Ormesher 

Director of group CRM
IM Group

Since 2008, Howard has worked at IM Group, an independent motor vehicle importer representing Subaru, Isuzu and Great Wall Motors in the UK and Nordic region.

He is responsible for setting and delivering the CRM agenda across all the automotive franchises, including a daily-refreshed single customer view and prospect database synchronised with cloud-based eCRM. These data assets are used to drive territory planning, case management, direct marketing, email marketing, analysis and insight, as well as the in-house call centre handling enquiries and outbound campaigns. Across all touchpoints, his goal is to refine and manage all customer journeys to maximise conversion.



Robert Parker

Head of corporate communications
Information Commissioner's Office

Robert Parkeris the head of corporate communications at the Information Commissioner's Office. His department is responsible for providing effective internal and external communications for the ICO, corporate and business planning, risk management and internal audit.



David Reed

Knowledge and strategy director


David has a 25-year track record in journalism covering data and direct marketing in the UK. Contributing editor to Precision Marketing from 1992 until its closure in 2009 and editor of Data Strategy from 2005 to 2010, he has followed the evolution of data from direct marketing through CRM to its current status as a leading value-driver in business. 

He is a lifetime Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing and a member of the Direct Marketing Association's Roll of Honour.



Andy Rowe

Head of marketing services


Andy Rowe is the Head of Marketing Sciences with RAPP and Code, leading the data science and analytics team in data decisioning and driving business transformation. 

Rowe brings over 10 years’ experience in data planning, having worked with clients such as easyJet, TSB, Vauxhall, Amazon, Standard Life, Royal Mail, NSA and Blackberry. He has also built an impressive awards cabinet including Gold awards at the DMAs, Data Strategy, Marketing Week Engage and Data IQ.


Mark Roy

Chairman and founder
REaD Group


Mark founded the REaD Group in 1991 on a strong and clear ethos of making clients more successful and doing it with honesty and integrity and the rest will follow.  Credited with inventing the suppression and data cleansing industry he is today one of the industry’s most well-known and recognisable people.

Having Chaired the Data Council for 6 years there is no stone un-turned in his data repertoire. A regular media commentator on data, privacy and business. He has also become one of the most respected authorities on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) due to come into force in May 2018.


Toni Sekinah

Research analyst and reports editor


Toni is the research analyst and features editor at DataIQ. She previously worked for C21 Media and TechCityinsider, writing about TV and content, entrepreneurs, investors and other influential people in the UK tech scene.

Toni graduated in 2014 with an MA in Financial Journalism from City University London. She is also a certified and qualified massage therapist, scuba diver and English language teacher. She speaks fluent Spanish and recently set up thetechtonic.com.


Kate Teh

Director of legal
Telegraph News and Media


Kate joined The Telegraph in 2008 and heads up the in-house legal team. She is in charge of GDPR and data protection, as well as compliance across advertising, ecommerce and other areas. With the adoption of GDPR in April 2016, under her guidance the company is now embedding data governance as a key part of its commercial data strategy.

Prior to 2008, Kate worked as an international lawyer in private practice in Australia, Asia and the UK in the construction, infrastructure and commercial sectors.


Graham Ward

GDPR project manager
RBS data and analytics